What does it mean to get a Rapid Drug Test? 

A Rapid Drug Test at Liberty Urgent Care, or any other urgent care facility, refers to a type of drug test that can provide results quickly, often within a few minutes to an hour. This type of test is usually conducted using a urine or saliva sample.

Rapid drug tests are often used in scenarios where immediate results are beneficial, such as pre-employment screening, random workplace drug testing, post-accident testing, or suspicion of drug use. The specific substances tested for can vary but commonly include marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, opioids, and PCP.

Here’s a Brief Overview of the Process:

  • Sample Collection: A healthcare provider will collect a urine or saliva sample. The collection process is designed to minimize the potential for tampering or adulteration of the sample.

  • Testing: The sample is then tested on-site using a test kit. The kit typically contains test strips that change color if specific drugs are present in the sample.

  • Results: The results are typically available within a few minutes to an hour. The healthcare provider will interpret the results based on the color changes on the test strips.

What Happens if I Test Positive?

It’s important to note that while rapid drug tests provide quick results, they are considered less accurate than laboratory tests. If a rapid drug test result is positive, it is typically sent to a lab for confirmatory testing using more precise methods like gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) or high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).

Keep in mind, drug testing policies and procedures can vary between facilities and based on specific circumstances. It’s always a good idea to ask your staff at Liberty Urgent Care if you have any questions or need clarification about the testing process.

Come into Liberty Urgent Care

If you have got a job that requires a Rapid Drug Test, the best way to collect this is by coming into Liberty Urgent Care. Our team will be able to collect your urine in a safe manner and if necessary, send it to an additional lab for confirmatory testing.